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Reviving Ophelia (2010)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 11 October 2010
The difficulties two sisters face raising their teenage daughters

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Mark Stenwyck
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Kelli Dunley
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Walter
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Le Anne
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Cody
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Austin
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Vicky
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Lainie
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Amy
Deborah Grover ...
Principal Miller (as Deb Grover)
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Lindsay
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Mr. Marshall
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Ty Benchley
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Marie Jones and Le Ann Dunley are sisters that leaned on one another through their life challenges. Marie is married and Le Anne is a single mother. Marie and husband Walter raise a seventeen year old daughter named Elizabeth, who has a picture perfect life with a seemingly equally wonderful boyfriend named Mark. Le Ann raises her sixteen year old daughter named Kelli and finds it tough to relate to the pressures her daughter is facing with boys, friends, and school. Meanwhile, Mark and Elizabeth are getting along well, and starting to have a perfect life. The relationship turns stormy however, Mark is dominating her by calling her continuously and not allowing her to talk to other men. One night she is hospitalized, but denies that Mark has put her there. Kelli begins to get suspicious about the bruises that Elizabeth has sustained. Elizabeth's parents try to intervene in the relationship but it doesn't do any good. Finally, Elizabeth cannot take the abuse anymore so she decides to ... Written by Anonymous

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When Lizzie's mom first finds out that Mark hit her, she and Lizzie argue in her bedroom. The blood on Lizzie's face appears and disappears as the scene goes on. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: [opens the door] Kelli's lying, okay? She hates Mark.
[throws bag to the right of the door]
Marie: How long are you gonna keep denying it?
Elizabeth: I-I fell - I tripped over the curb-I
[Marie grabs her from behind]
Marie: [hysterical, emotional] You look in the mirror!
Elizabeth: [mutters] Or what?
Marie: Tell me you did that to your face by falling!
[pushes past her]
Elizabeth: Mom - where -
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Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
Published by Tzviah music (ASCAP)
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Reviving Ophelia is so full of problems that it's main message that "that abuse is bad" gets very lost in the middle of it.
24 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Elizabeth (Rebecca Williams) is a typical teenager who's found what's seems to be a great guy in her boyfriend Mark (Nick Thurston). The relationship starts to turn sour once Mark starts to be abusive and controlling. Reviving Ophelia is Lifetime movie trying to convey the dark sides and dangers of relationships.

I am all for a film trying to show how important to be safe in relationships even if it's only a television film. I think it is important to expose this important issue and in the most serious manner which maybe could even save a life and the Lifetime channel would seem to be the perfect place for a TV film like this. The Lifetime channel seems to have a wide audience and they have made many films.

So why then is Reviving Opehia so cheesy when it's dealing with a such touchy and important subject?

Even though she is a victim of assault, Elizabeth is hard character to root for because she can get away from her abuser Mark and she is clearly something of a button-pusher. You obviously can't like Mark either because he is a guy beating up a woman and not taking responsibility for his actions. Keil (Carleigh Beverly) Elizabeth cousin, is the character in the middle who's supposed be trying to help Elizabeth get away from Mark but the two unlikable characters are in the way of her character realizing her full potential. Even Jane Kaczmarek as mother Marie Jones, previously known for good stuff like Malcolm in the Middle and Part of Five, falls short and her acting here is far from where it usually is. The cast does have some chemistry though everything is toned down due to this being a TV film. The plot really has only one subject and it really has little substance.

Reviving Ophelia is so full of problems that it's main message that "that abuse is bad" gets very lost in the middle of it. After that, it is a bit laughable and you keep watching because you have nothing else to do. We watched this in my high school Relationships class as we spent a whole unit learning about abusive relationships. Frankly, just about whole class laughed at this movie and my buddy next to me cracked some sex jokes and commented about all the attractive actresses that appear in this film. It did make this bad TV film seem more bearable.


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